With the rollout of vaccinations taking place around the world and people in different stages of lockdown, the opportunities for centers to re-open for in person guest programs varies vastly. This week’s webinar helps navigate the many considerations involved for both participants and staff. Come together as we explore the practical to the emotional. From being mostly at home it can be disorientating for staff to go back to work or for participants to attend a gathering again. We all need to feel safe and prepare ourselves for the long haul.[Read more…]
The dates are now set for our annual gathering and once again we’ll be meeting in the Virtual Space. Save the dates 3 – 6 May and know that heartfelt connection, soulful nourishment and thought provoking inspiration will fill the space. We look forward to meeting in person when that’s possible once more and right now embrace the opportunity for your entire staff and support community to participate in live sessions.
Building on the success of our first Virtual Gathering in May 2020, and weaving in feedback from the network, we’re excited to share the unfolding schedule with you over the coming weeks. Throughout the event sessions are designed for powerful interaction and intimate engagement in groups large and small, meeting and learning from peers in other centers, celebrating the spirit of collaboration and mutual support.[Read more…]
Following on from our recent webinar focused on Pricing Analysis of Holistic Programs, we deepen into the importance of meaning and money, mission and margin, vital for our centers to thrive in their role and relevance in the world.
Join us as we explore the shift from a Money First to a Care First attitude and its application across sectors to co-create positive change in the world. In Care First, money serves the well-being of people and the planet and is a unifying force.[Read more…]
Keeping a center going during these uncertain times often means fundamental operational changes, from what services we are able to offer, to how much they should cost. In this webinar, deepen your understanding of your center’s financial viability and discover tools and variables to use as you explore the sustainability of your current business model.[Read more…]
By Jenyng Wu
Friday, February 12, 2021 is the Lunar New Year. In my home growing up it was the Chinese New Year. We would spend the day saying things like ‘May the New Year be full of happiness,’ and ‘Congratulations and good fortune to you.’ Blessings are shared, gifts of food symbolic of health and prosperity are bestowed, and firecrackers pop as dragons dance to celebrate the ‘new.’
Chinese New Year is also commonly known in East Asian cultures as the Spring Festival, marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring in the lunisolar calendar. It’s only appropriate then that the Holistic Centers Network, an organization representing a network of international centers, will be piloting an initiative, “Act Local, Think Global” to celebrate the tradition of community, wellness, and hope.[Read more…]
A half-day online program with Dr. Robin DiAngelo, author of the bestselling book
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism
Many white people who are committed to racial justice ask: How do we work through our personal barriers and create and carry out effective actions for change?
This half-day session is for white people who have a general understanding of whiteness and systemic racism and seek to deepen their anti-racist analysis and practice.[Read more…]
We are living in the midst of a modern renaissance of psychedelic research. After decades of a culture war on drugs, the taboo is finally thawing, allowing the true story and benefits of these extraordinary compounds to emerge.
Now, for the first time, The Open Center is bringing together the world’s leading experts from the scientific, medical and research fields for an engaging 6-week series exploring the past, present and future of psychedelic research.
The Open Center is pleased to present:
The Psychedelic Renaissance: Past, Present and Future
February 22nd – March 29th
Moderated by clinical psychologist and professor, Anthony Bossis, who is currently conducting FDA-approved psychedelic research on the effects of psilocybin, this dynamic series will feature in-depth presentations, thought-provoking Q & A sessions and breakout sessions. Join us and explore the world of psychedelics like you never have before from the leading minds in the field.
Thank you to Swami Jaya Devi, Bhava Devi and Agni Ma from Kashi Atlanta Urban Ashram in Georgia for beautifully hosting our first webinar of the year, with so much wisdom, love and clarity of purpose.
View the recording here;
The ashram’s location in the heart of the civil rights movement inspires their work and Swami Jaya Devi, Spiritual Director, shared around the following areas;
With 85 million cases and counting, the COVID-19 pandemic has redefined our personal and professional lives. Everything, from our daily routines and work ethic to dietary habits and mental well-being, has felt the impact of living an isolated life devoid of human interaction.
If you have been feeling stressed out, depressed, or anxious in the last few weeks, you are not alone. There are millions of people who are experiencing the same paradigm shift in their lives due to COVID-19. The good news is that there is a remedy you can rely on – mindfulness. Many of us are familiar with this practice through our deep connection with holistic education and as we embark on 2021 we offer this resource as a supportive reminder.[Read more…]
By Yvonne Cuneo
At 26 I left Sydney to travel the world on my own for a year. I had left a marriage which I had wanted with all my young, innocent and needy heart, because I was restless, starved of something unnameable, and hungry to put myself out there to explore the infinite possibilities of life. My father said I had read too many books; he was probably right.
I didn’t realise that apart from the one small bag I took with me, I was carrying much excess luggage from a childhood rife with tension, hostility, and a lack of tenderness and love, a malnourishment of an emotional and spiritual kind. That luggage, which contained unconscious defiance, recklessness, unfathomable pain and a hungry hungry heart, remained locked and bolted for some time.
At 38, and two relationships later, I was living the life I thought I wanted. After a year in Cairo, then in Dubai, New Orleans and Aberdeen, I had an international lifestyle with endless travel, shopping trips to exotic locations filling my home with beautiful artefacts, excitement, adventure, a lively social scene and a healthy body. I had done an Experience Week at the Findhorn Foundation and found a temporary calm and some hope for a world I had given up on as violent and cruel. I felt safe and fed in some ways but was dependent on constant movement and tension to feed a gnawing emptiness.